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Hampton's Hessens

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Hampton's Hessens
Unit Profile (as of 3025)
CO Colonel Patterson Hampton
JumpShips No
DropShips Yes
Aerospace Yes
Armor No
Infantry No
Unit Disposition - 3025
1st New Hessen Irregulars
Location: New Hessen
- (Skilled Level: Regular)
2nd New Hessen Irregulars
Location: New Hessen
- (Skilled Level: Regular)
New Hessen Armored Scouts
Location: Westerhand
- (Skilled Level: Regular)
Hampton's Hessens
Unit Profile (as of 3067)
CO General Kurt Festerling
JumpShips unknown
DropShips Yes
Aerospace Yes
Armor Yes
Infantry No
Unit Disposition - 3067
1st New Hessen Irregulars:
"The Crazy 108s"
Location: Galatea
- (Skilled Level: Elite)
2nd New Hessen Irregulars:
"New Kids on the Block"
Location: Galatea
- Skilled Level: Green
New Hessen Armored Scouts:
"Recon In Force"
Location: Galatea
- Skilled Level: Elite

Unit DescriptionEdit

Hampton's Hessens was a House Liao multi-regimental mercenary unit raised by Capellan nobility during the Succession Wars era.

Regimental HistoryEdit

Formation and Early HistoryEdit

Raised on New Hessen during the ravages of the late Succession Wars, they were principally created by Liao nobility to defend the planet itself and the neighboring worlds of Westerhand and Alrescha. Originally formed with local troops and military-oriented families, the first of the regiments, 1st New Hessen Irregulars, was not deployed beyond the Tikonov Commonality for most of this time period prior to the end of the Third Succession War. In fact, the 1st Irregulars were sent on their only raid in this time period to the Davion world of Aosia in 2987. The Hessens were successful in overrunning the planet's fortified positions, capturing several lances worth of artillery and support equipment. However, Davion reserve forces proved too much for them and they withdrew from the planet.[1]

The Fourth Succession War and the Federated CommonwealthEdit

The Fourth Succession War proved devastating to the mercenary unit. In the course of engagements of the war, the New Ivaarsen Chasseurs devastated the 1st and 2nd Irregular regiments on New Hessen, leaving only the Armored Scouts intact on Westerhand.[2] With only a battalion of 1st Irregulars managing to retreat, the unit began to reassess their situation: Their home worlds were now in FedCom hands and new Chancellor Romano Liao threatening death to anyone assisting the Federated Suns. There was only one realistic option it could take and the unit's surviving leader, Kurt Festerling, managed to negotiate a contract which allowed to the Hessens to serve the Federated Commonwealth. The long-term contract included a clause allowing it to remain as part of the garrison force defending its ancestral homelands. The Armored Scouts, only surviving regiment of the Hessens, remained in defense of the their home worlds for twenty years. However, as the contract came up for renewal, the Clan Invasion had begun and reports made it clear fighting the Clans was a death sentence. So the regimental leaders negotiated a contract with the local New Hessen government to provide an economic solution to their world's garrison needs. In 3054, the unit received donations from local nobility to allow the unit to expand to five battalions from the Scout's original three. This allowed General Festerling to re-constitute the 1st Irregulars regiment with three of the five battalions. It also isolated the newly reconstituted unit from the poor reputation the Scouts had gained due to their refusal to be deployed to the Clan front.[3]

FedCom Civil War and The JihadEdit

In 3062, prospects of New Hessen being drawn into the Federated Commonwealth Civil War became a major concern for General Festerling. In order to move attention away from warring factions of the War, the General decided to move the Hessens to the Mercenary's Star, Galatea. Before doing so, he began planning to bring the Hessens back to its three regiment strength. Hearing of his intentions, the mercenaries received donations ranging from discounts on BattleMechs, munitions and advanced technology upgrades. The donations allowed for the reconstituted 1st and 2nd New Hessen Irregulars to come full strength in no time, and by 3067 the unit had moved to Galatea to review contracts from the major powers.[4]

The 1st New Hessen Irregulars accepted a garrison contract on Thorin from the Lyran Alliance. However the Word of Blake destroyed the unit with a surprise attack that consisted of tactical nuclear weapons. In response, Pat Hampton, commander of the Second New Hessen Irregulars, recalled all Hessens to Galatea to return home to New Hessen. Along the way they picked up civilians and smaller mercenary units that wanted to leave Galatea. The Hessens arranged a transit system where half the fleet would jump to a new location, then return and pick up the other half. They traveled this way for several months, eventually returning to New Hessen. Discovering that world was secure they then conducted a raid on New Canton, where the Hessens had been forced to leave behind several companies of troops and civilians. The raid was a success, and the Word of Blake lost the prisoners.[5]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of Hampton's Hessens
Colonel Patterson Hampton 3025
General Kurt Festerling 3067


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Units of Hampton's HessensEdit


  1. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 96 - Hampton's Hessens brigade profile - brief pre-Fourth Succession War history of the unit.
  2. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 103 - Hampton's Hessens status during the 4th Succession War.
  3. Mercenaries Supplemental II, p. 41 - History of the New Hessen Armored Scouts - Unit refusal to go to the Clan front created bad reputation for the mercenary unit.
  4. Mercenaries Supplemental II, p. 40 - Main article for Hampton's Hessens mercenary unit for 3067.
  5. Mercenaries Supplemental Update, p. 64